Hue Jackson wants another head coaching opportunity

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Hue Jackson doesn’t have a job, the first time in 32 years he has a fall with nothing to do. He hopes it’s a one-year hiatus.

Despite going 8-8 in one season as the head coach of the Raiders and 3-36-1 in 2 1/2 seasons in Cleveland, Jackson wants another chance.

“Oh, yeah, I mean I think I can,” Jackson said Wednesday on Charlotte’s WFNZ 102.5 FM. “I mean, just because the situation in Cleveland [didn’t work out] doesn’t mean that you can’t coach. There’s a lot of great coaches who came before me that coached there and went on and did great things. Sometimes, the situation is different. I think if people dig in and really take the time to look at the overall situation there, maybe they would understand it more. At the same time, I understand what narrative gets put out there, that’s what people know. Hopefully, people will think back to the times when I’ve put myself in that position. I had to be doing something right. To go back and be a coordinator again or be a head coach, I do believe it’s in my future. I’ve just got to go work through the process and see where it goes.”

Jackson, 53, interviewed for the head coaching job of the Bengals and the offensive coordinator job with the Cardinals during the offseason. But he isn’t likely to get to get a third chance to make a second impression as a head coach.

Instead, Jackson likely is remembered for his abysmal record in Cleveland.

That’s not how Jackson wants people to remember him.

“Here’s a guy who knows how to overcome,” Jackson said when asked his narrative. “There’s a lot of people who would run from it all. I’m not going to run from it. At the end of the day, our staff and the people who led Cleveland, that doesn’t mean those coaches can’t coach or they don’t understand what they’re doing. Maybe that just wasn’t the right fit, the right situation for that group, and they just need to have the right opportunity to have success.”

Jackson has coached for six NFL teams and at five colleges. Despite the record and the criticism he has drawn from inside the building since leaving, Jackson said he did his best coaching with the Browns.

“I’ve said this before, I think during those times, it was probably some of the best coaching I did contrary to what people think, because you’re always doing anything and everything you can to find a way to win,” Jackson said. “Now, whether it happens or not, that’s not up to me sometimes. Again, I think I learned a lot.”

121 responses to “Hue Jackson wants another head coaching opportunity

  1. I’m just trying to picture how in God’s name a team could sell that to their fans.

  2. Good Lord…You, Norv Turner, and Wade Phillips are banished to the bin of forever assistants. Rename the peter principle the hue principle…Somewhere even Rich Kotite is laughing at this one from Hue-bris

  3. I’m sure some high school or division 3 community college would be happy to have him.

    An NFL team would have to be nuts to give him another HC job.

  4. Ha, ha, ha! Someone give ole Hue a drug test if he thinks any owner or GM wants to risk ruin by naming him a head coach again. The dude has burned more bridges that the Allies during WWII

  5. “you’re always doing anything and everything you can to find a way to win,” Jackson said. “Now, whether it happens or not, that’s not up to me sometimes. Again, I think I learned a lot.”

    ———–

    “It wasn’t my fault we lost”

    A true leader will take the blame when things don’t work out. Jackson doesn’t get it and never will.

  6. I think the difference in the Browns record from Kitchens to Jackson shows all you need to know with him. Held back Mayfield and Chubb from starting for no reason when they were clearly the superior players.

  7. Hue Jackson is mentally unstable to say the least. He needs treatment for his narcissism and delusions of grandeur.

  8. He should get some job in coaching, but not head coach. Hes really pretty bright, offensively, he just shouldn’t be in charge.

    It’s not his record in Cleveland that will keep him from head coaching, it’s how he shan’t months throwing management under the bus when he got fired

  9. “Ok maybe I didn’t do well handling that other guys billion dollar asset. But really I deserve another chance so s different guy needs to place his billion dollar asset in my care.”

  10. Everyone is entitled to a second chance. Even Josh Gordon who was not supposed to start game 1 but did anyway and then was traded. Even Baker Mayfield who was told he was going to be the back up all season and who then led them to the best record in years. Even Glen Robinson who was passed over at left tackle for an undrafted rookie until Freddy took over. And, on and on.

  11. Some NFL team may want to sign him to a one-year contract the year before Trevor Lawrence comes out of college.

  12. Unfortunately for Mr. Jackson, the last six words of the above article says it all – in a negative way: “… I think I learned a lot.” And the unfortunate truth is, so has everyone else on the outside looking in. And it ain’t pretty.

  13. If he believes he did a good job then Williams and Kitchens did an out of this world job since they basically reversed his record the last 8 games of the season after he was canned.

  14. Hue, you could’ve turned around and handed your clipboard to any fan in the stands when you were in Cleveland, and they could’ve done the same job, if not better than you did. You created the “Situation” in Cleveland. Run along, bye now…

  15. So let me get this right huey. You’re blaming the situation in Cleveland on everyone else, which you always did and now you’re comparing yourself to Belicheck by saying
    “There’s a lot of great coaches who came before me that coached there and went on and did great things. Sometimes, the situation is different.” Really?

  16. TERRIBLE Head Coach.
    No one is buying the lie that he was not both based on his team’s performance and how they performed immediately after he was fired.

  17. A) still waiting to hear what former Browns coach, other than Belichick, went on to great things, and

    B) no one, in their right minds, should allow this turd to ever be a HC again. Just cue up the tape from Hard Knocks to understand why.

  18. Seems to me all the successful coaches have successful players. Phil Jackson was a genius when he had guys like Jordan, Pippen, Kobe, and Shaq playing for him. Billick got real smart when he finally turned to Brady. Knoll was magnificent when Harris, Bradshaw, Green, and Stallworth were Steelers. Jackson is no different. He could win with the right players, most experienced NFL coaches could.

  19. mantastic54 says:
    July 10, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    So does Jeff Fisher

    ———————–

    Jeff Fisher still doesn’t understand why he was fired. In interviews he has been looking to get credit for the Rams turn around as he left them in great shape.

  20. Everyone thought Hue was a great choice when he came to Cleveland. He walked into a team that wasn’t supposed to win, that traded away good players for draft picks, cut others to save money and passed on good players for MORE draft picks.
    When the team finally started drafting players, he, and everyone else, were adamant that Baker should sit a year. In other words, he did what he was supposed to do.
    I’m not completely convinced it’s ALL his fault, but the bottom line is he didn’t win, and when that happens every flaw you have (and he had a lot) is blown up. He may not be head coach material, but I’m not sure Cleveland was the best place to judge him on that.

  21. omg the nerve of some people. You know what, I’m 50 and I’ve been watching football since I was 8. Gosh darn it, I want a head coaching opportunity!!!

  22. And in December he’ll be pushed as the top minority candidate by the Fritz Pollard Alliance. They don’t judge a coach based on results…

  23. I haven’t accomplished much of significance in my life, but it warms my heart to know that I am only 3 wins away as coach of the Browns to being as successful as Hue.

  24. Mark my words. He will be the HC of the Bengals. Because Mike Brown will get him for $8.00 an hour. #bottomlinebengals

  25. Overqualified for the CFL…underqualified for the NFL…and the AAF no longer exists so…

  26. The opportunities for You Hue is Pop Warner. Or, Man up ,and take a south Chicago High School reins. You made your millions, give back. Try to get it Hue.

  27. Do coaches have to go through random drug testing too. If so the NFL needs to swing by HJ house.

  28. I will always remember him on Hard Knocks trying to deal with his offensive and defensive coordinators poorly. He would disregard their input without reason but instead say something like, “well when you’re in my position…”. Basically, he pulls rank instead of discuss why. That’s a bad boss. That’s a guy who shouldn’t have power.

  29. Bill Belichick was once fired at the worst ever Brown’s coach at that time. Hue needs to get the commish at “fundraisers” and get the refs in his pocket and he will be worshipped by a bunch of clowns too soon enough.

  30. True story. The day Reggie McKenzie was hired as the Raiders GM, HC Hue ran around the compound screaming “Im still in charge!” He was let go at the end of the season.

  31. Bill Belichick was once fired at the worst ever Brown’s coach at that time
    —————————————

    Bill Belichick was fired by the Ravens….

  32. well hue used to sit in the same chair we used to sit in, when you sit in his chair you begin to see things differently….

  33. I LIVED through his coaching in Cleveland. He had NO CHANCE with the front office he had. NO CHANCE. We were a total grease fire. Now that Jimmy Haslam is more worried about staying out of prison and turned the team over to someone (Dorsey) who knows what they are doing, our world has changed. I wish him well, but he didn’t have the players here. I went to the 0-16 parade by the way. Some dude walked through it in sneakers and a Speedo. It was -20. I kid you not. Nobody was blaming this man… they blamed Jimmy. I was what it was which was hysterical !

  34. He is a good coach to hire if you want to tank your way to the first overall pick in the draft, without trying to tank.

  35. This is the same coach caught on Hard Knocks saying in essence there will be a hands off approach to coaching and that the fact of his presence means he’s entitled to be in charge. That there is zero self accountability from him is eye popping.

  36. bottom line, he was given one of the worse situation in the history of the nfl. That is just what some rookie coaches might have to take to get their shot as a hc. Some would rather wait for the right situation. If Hue wants to be a HC again, he will probably have to come back as a OC, and then prove it there before he gets another shot

  37. ytownie says:
    July 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    Everyone is entitled to a second chance. Even Josh Gordon who was not supposed to start game 1 but did anyway and then was traded. Even Baker Mayfield who was told he was going to be the back up all season and who then led them to the best record in years. Even Glen Robinson who was passed over at left tackle for an undrafted rookie until Freddy took over. And, on and on.
    ___________________________________
    The Brown’s were his second chance.

  38. Brian Billick never got a second chance. I can’t see Hue getting anything other than some interviews.

  39. The NFL is just a better place with Hue coaching a specific group and not a team.
    That ship has sailed. Not a fan.

  40. Hue Jackson has to be the worst head coach I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. People may rightly knock Jeff Fisher, but he is like Bill Belichick compared to Hue Jackson.

  41. If he is hired again as an NFL Head Coach, there is a like chance than an implosion will follow.

  42. He needs to stick to offensive co ordinator. Some coaches are great assistants or co ordinators (Norv Turner, Hue) but NOT HC

    When he was OC of the Raiders with Jason Campbell at QB his offense was excellent. Hes done well elsewhere. Problem is ego gets the better of them and they want to be a HC. He was dire with Cleveland, terrible. Needs to stick as co ordinator

  43. He’s delusional, just like he was with the Browns. The only reason this guy got a head coaching job is because neither Oakland nor Cleveland knew what they were doing. One episode of “Hard Knocks” and I could tell this guy was not a leader of men.

  44. Is this is his first step toward a new career as a stand-up comedian? After going 1-31 over two seasons in Cleveland, he never even should have been allowed to start a third. When he did, he couldn’t tell a good QB (Mayfield) from a bad one (Taylor), and it took an injury to force him into the correct decision.

  45. That’s why I don’t understand why these Head Coaches get one of these 32 jobs in the whole entire world and not try to win out the gate with the belief that they have a one to two year pass until their program is built.

    There are no free passes. Your win/loss record is going to be judged and scrutinized by someone/somebody/sometime/somewhere. In Hue’s case it was judged by his new GM in Cleveland when he had to determine if he was going to retain him or not, and now it will be judged by a future employer….NO FREE PASSES: WIN NOW.

  46. Lets see….how about Buffalo, Green Bay, or Chicago. They’re all near a big lake so he can take his enevitable 1-31 swim.

  47. This is beyond laughable. The guy just flat out blows chunks as a head coach.

    This guy is on some seriously Hallucinogenic meds. He’s seeing thing that are so far removed from reality!

  48. What coach has left Cleveland and done anything since we came back in 1999?
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    Pat Shurmur

  49. It’s not his record that sunk him. It’s Hard Knocks. I’m dead serious. Everyone in the league saw that a) he can’t control a staff, b) his players don’t respect him and c) he’s not a leader.

    I realize how silly it sounds to say a TV show can have that kind of impact, but in this case I really think it did.

  50. radrntn says:
    July 10, 2019 at 11:03 pm
    bottom line, he was given one of the worse situation in the history of the nfl.
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    Gregg Williams went 5-3 with literally the exact same roster.

  51. Based on his track record he should not be given another head coaching job in the NFL….ever.

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